Signs of Addiction
Here are some symptoms or signs of video game addiction as well as computer game addiction to help determine if your children are addicted to video games, or if you and/or your boyfriend, husband, girlfriend or wife are video game addicts.
Most of their “free time”, non-school hours are spent on the computer or playing video games.
Fatigue; tendency to fall asleep in school.
Not keeping up with homework assignments/not turning in homework on time.
Lying about computer or video game use so computer or video game privileges aren’t taken away.
Choosing the computer or playing video games rather than spending time with friends or family.
Dropping out of activities such as social groups, clubs or sports.
Irritable, cranky or agitated (withdrawal symptoms) when not playing a video game or on the computer.
Obsession or preoccupation about computer games or playing video games on a video game console excessively
Neglecting personal relationships with friends and family to spend more time playing video games
Difficulty keeping up with personal or professional responsibilities due to increased hours playing video games. Have you ever “called in sick” to stay home to play your favorite game?
Lying to others about computer or video game use. Do you sneak time to play games, perhaps late at night while others are asleep? Has someone close to you, perhaps your significant other, ever criticized you for spending too much time playing video games rather than spending time with them?
While not spending time on the internet or playing video games, do you feel angry, agitated, irritable or depressed? Do you experience withdrawal symptoms when not playing video games?
Do you spend most of your time thinking or wishing you could be playing your favorite game or surfing the web?
Do you become so involved in playing video games that you sometimes neglect to eat, sleep, or bathe?
Do you ever experience physical symptoms such as backaches, dry eyes or headaches after playing video games? Have you been diagnosed with carpal tunnel syndrome or experience symptoms of carpal tunnel?
Let’s get real, shall we? If you are truly convinced that your teenagers or young children are addicted to video games or computer games, it’s your job as the parent to get your kids off the computer and off the video game console, providing them ample opportunity for active play and natural exercise in and outside of the home.
Make no mistake, video game addiction is a real addiction and if you are a parent that is concerned about your home-grown video game addict, it’s up to you to parent your children and closely monitor and limit their gaming activities. Massively multiplayer online role-playing games (MMORPG’s) are designed to be addictive.